George Jacob Jung (Born August 6, 1942), nicknamed “Boston George”, was a major player in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s; he was infamous for being the largest drug trafficker in the United States during that time. Jung was a part of the Medellin Cartel which was responsible for up to 85 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. He specialized in the smuggling of cocaine from Colombia on a large scale. His life story was portrayed in the 2001 movie Blow, starring his good friend Johnny Depp.
George Jung, born to Frederick and Ermine Jung, in Boston, Massachusetts then raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Though Jung did not excel in academics at school, he was a star football player and was described by his classmates as “a natural ringleader.
After a brief stint at the University of Southern Mississippi, he traveled to California where he hoped to get a degree in advertising. However, this was not the case.
Jung began recreationally using marijuana, selling a portion of everything he bought to continue his habit.
In 1967, after meeting with a childhood friend, Phillip Eugene Sadler, Jung realized the enormous potential for profits by smuggling the cannabis he bought in California back to New England.
Jung’s initial smuggling operation had the drugs being transported via his stewardess girlfriend, who would carry them in her suitcases on flights.
In search of even greater profits, Jung expanded his operation to flying the drugs in from Puerto Vallarta, Mexicousing airplanes stolen from private airports on Cape Codand professional pilots.
At the height of this enterprise, Jung and his associates were reportedly making $250,000 a month. This soon ended however, when Jung was arrested inChicago for marijuana smuggling in 1974 (he was caught with a total of 660 pounds of marijuana imported fromMexico).
He had been staying at the Playboy Club with Emily where he was to meet a connection that would pick up the marijuana. The connection however, was arrested for heroin smuggling and informed on Jung. After arguing with the judge about the purpose of sending a man to prison “for crossing an imaginary line with a bunch of plants,” Jung was sent to a federal prison inDanbury,Connecticut
At Danbury, Jung’s cell mate was Carlos Lehder, a young German-Colombian man convicted of motor vehicle theft.
Lehder introduced Jung to the Colombian Cartel and Jung taught Lehder how to smuggle.
The day that Jung was released he was to contact Lehder in Florida, in order to begin preparation.
Their plan was to fly hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Pablo Escobar’s Colombian ranch to the U.S., and Jung’s California connection, Richard Barile, would take it from there.
George never had a problem with exchanging the smuggled cocaine for his transportation fee.
Initially, it was $10,000 per kilo but later it went down to $5,000 per kilo as supply grew. He had a security man that would accompany him to the exchanges where George would give the keys to a car and half the cocaine to his connection and leave. A day or two later they would meet up again and exchange keys to cars. Jung was hesitant to allow Lehder, or any other cartel member to know Barile’s identity, as his “California connection” was what gave Jung his edge in the smuggling game and kept others from simply cutting him out
However, in what turned out to be an error in judgment, Jung introduced Lehder to Barile.
By the late 1970s, Lehder took his plans to the next level.
As Jung had initially feared, by going straight through Richard Barile, Lehder no longer needed Jung in his operation. However, Jung recovered from the betrayal and found other schemes that made him more than $100 million.
Jung was later arrested in Massachusetts in 1987 at his mansion on Nauset Beach,near Chatham. With his family, he skipped bail, but very quickly became involved in another deal, where he was betrayed by a pilot of his acquaintance. During this time, Carlos Lehder began cooperating with the government against Noriega , Escobar and other Cartel members.
Smuggler Wear was born in Fort Dix Federal Prison on November 2006. It was a casual Friday afternoon visit between George and friend François Garcia whom has been collaborating with Boston George on several projects.
That morning the main discussions between George & François were the need that George had to express himself. The inability to respond to all his fans due to prison restrictions, and the fact some people were using George’s name and likeness to sell and promote clothing claiming that they were Boston George originals.
Very quickly between coffees Smuggler Wear was born. The goal was to create a quality urban line that would reflect George’s life in his own words and designs thus allowing him to express him to the outside world while establishing the authentic Boston George line of originals.